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Grandpa's Letter
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Grandparents are lucky. In a way, they get to be parents twice; they raise their own children and then hopefully play an active role in raising their grandchildren.

The influence of a grandparent can be a powerful one. One of the best ways a grandparent can use this influence is through the gift of a letter—a letter of blessing that says, “I love you. I’m here for you. Stay close to Jesus.” Imagine what such a letter could mean to your grandchildren not only now, but years down the road, should they save it and come across it at just the right time. My Dad wrote such a letter to our daughter for her 13th birthday. It went into her scrapbook to be forever kept. When my husband and I read it, we looked at each other with tears in our eyes—we knew its significance. If her Grandpa should someday be gone, his words of love and wisdom will live on.

The letter said:

Dear Christina,

I can’t believe it! 13!!! Wow! Seems like yesterday you would cry just looking at me when you came to our house. I have a lot of good memories.

Even though you are growing up, you will always be our little girl. Growing up can be fun, but also hard at times. Things change and sometimes it’s hard to go through the changes. But don’t forget to have fun along the way and enjoy each day. You can’t live them over again.

Christina, you will be faced with more choices as time goes by. Your parents did a great job of helping you understand how to make good choices. But they can’t choose for you all the time. Because you are growing up, a lot of choices will be left up to you. So remember to chose what you know is best as you go through these teen years. Others may do differently and think differently. But stand for what is right and God will reward you in so many ways.

I know you will do great in life. God has a lot of wonderful things ahead for you. Just remember that He will take you to great things if you always follow His plan.

All through life I have seen that God’s ways are right. When we follow them, life works.

I love you and am proud of you. Remember that Grandma and I are always here for you no matter what you do. I pray for you every day. I know that God has great things ahead. Enjoy each day!

Love, Grandpa Dave

Why not get a pen and paper and write a letter to your grandchildren? Whether they live in town or far away, are infants or adults, they need to hear from you in your own words just how much you love them. It will be a part of you they can keep forever—a gift that will grow more priceless with the passing of time.

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